What you eat and put on your skin affects your external self. So why do we eat processed food, refined sugar, canned goods full of sodium, and shelved goods from the grocery aisle that expire in three years? Gross right? It is extremely important to look at expiration dates on the bread you buy and check for added preservatives, nitrates, added sodium and high fructose corn syrup in all that we buy. Check with the restaurants you are eating at to see where they get their produce, their meat, etc. Stop with the junk food that is so obvious… it’s called JUNK for a reason. I am not saying don’t enjoy a chocolate chip cookie from your local bakery, just perhaps don’t always buy a box of Oreos. I am also not saying to not eat a burger, just don’t just eat one at McDonalds.
There is a reason why certain cultures live longer. There is a reason that when you buy a bag of potato chips in Europe, they go bad after one day of being open It is because they don’t contain the chemicals and preservatives that are allowed in the food in the USA.
The Mediterranean way of eating (I don’t use the word “diet”) is one of the planet’s healthiest plant-based options. Eat Sunny, (eatsunny.com) one of the best meal delivery services available, is based on Mediterranean eating regimen. Research has shown that it can help reduce cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases, including dementia. Some researchers say it will go as far as helping with ADHD and ADD.
The most key ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine include plant-sourced oils such as olive, avocado, sunflower, or canola oil; fresh fruits and vegetables; nuts and seeds; protein-rich legumes; fiber-rich whole grains, nuts, and seeds; and some modest amounts of seafood, lean meats, aged cheeses and yogurt.
Same goes with our skin care and beauty products? Pay very close attention to what you are putting on your face. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. What we put on our face and body gets absorbed into our skin tissue, our blood stream, and makes its way into our digestive track. So why apply unnecessary chemicals, toxins, dyes and unclean ingredients on our faces, scalps, and bodies for dermal absorption? Good question. We are the ones buying it. Read what is in your skin care and beauty products. “Green”, “Clean”, “Organic”, and “Natural” are not necessarily non-toxic. I urge you to look at the all the constituents listed.
Be mindful of what you put into your body and what you put on your bare skin. Be aware, do your research, and understand what food and beauty products you are buying. Don’t take for granted that the places you buy them from are looking out for your best interest. You will put hours of effort into buying a new car by researching the model, brand, test driving it, what color to choose, whether you want leather or cloth interior, how many miles to the gallon it gets, or maybe an electric car is in your future.
Same goes with buying a home. You make look at dozens before you make a decision. You research the location, the school district, the work commute, the neighborhood, a full day of inspection. The list goes on and on, so why do we not take the time to read a label at the grocery store? Or take the time to research an organic chicken farm for our eggs or grow our own vegetables. Too much work? Hopefully, our bodies are going to be around a lot longer than a car, a home, or any possession we have.
Again, I pose the question… why are we not all taking care of our most treasured self? Something to think about, something you control. You have this power. Use it to create a long, happy, healthy life!